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Latin America: share of alcohol consumers 2019-2020, by beverage type

Both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, beer was the most frequently consumed alcoholic beverage in Latin American and the Caribbean. According to a survey carried out in the region, beer was consumed by 52.3 percent of respondents who consumed alcoholic drinks in 2019. While this figure decreased by 3.6 percentage points between March and June 2020, beer was still by far the favorite. In comparison, the second favorite beverage – wine – was consumed by 21.8 percent of respondents in 2019. The beverage gained popularity during the pandemic, with the share of consumers increasing by 7.5 percentage points during the period analized in 2020, when compared to 2019.

Most frequently consumed alcoholic beverages in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 and 2020, by type

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

May 22 to June 30, 2020

Number of respondents

12,328 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

considers only alcohol consumers

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Between March and June 2020.
** Homemade alcohol can be mixed drinks prepared at home.

The survey was carried out among residents of the 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries that did not travel abroad since March 15, 2020.

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